Unleash the Hounds! (Link Roundup)

Kenneth Anger. Photograph: Linda Nylind

There are lots of articles and essays of interest to modern Pagans out there, sometimes more than I can write about in-depth in any given week. So The Wild Hunt must unleash the hounds in order to round them all up.First off, we have an update on the ongoing John Friend Anusara scandal, this time with Friend directly addressing his views on Wicca. It comes from a NY Magazine feature published this past Sunday, and in it he says that "I take Wicca really seriously," and "I have taken Wi … [Read more...]

Details of John Friend’s “Blazing Solar Flames” Coven Emerge

John Friend (photo: Dan Winters via NYmag.com)

Since February, I've been keeping a close eye on the fall of John Friend, founder of the Anusara yoga school, since allegations emerged of sexual, legal, and fiscal improprieties. Of those improprieties was the allegation that Friend ran a Wiccan coven, named the "Blazing Solar Flames," as a pretext for sexual liaisons with Anusara students."John has been the head of a wiccan “coven” that claims to use sexual/sensual energy in a positive and sacred way to help build the efficacy of our pr … [Read more...]

Quick Notes: Christopher Vaughn’s Druid Beliefs, John Friend’s Scandal, and the Occult Crimes Taskforce

Image from the O.C.T. comic, featuring Sophia Ortiz/Rosario Dawson.

Just a few quick news notes for you today.Lawyers May Not Mention Druid Beliefs in Vaughn Murder Trial: Earlier this week I mentioned that lawyers for Christopher Vaughn, accused of murdering his wife and three children, were trying to block any mention of his Druid religion from court proceedings.  Public Defender Jaya Varghese said that “The word ‘Druid’ alone is prejudicial,” and would “significantly impact” his right to a fair trial. Today, Judge Daniel Rozak ruled that Vaughn's Druid bel … [Read more...]

Sexual Assault, Wicca, and Consent

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Local media in Ohio are reporting on the arrest of Daniel Hess and live-in girlfriend Lacey Day for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old family member. NBC affiliate WTAP noted that Hess and Day admitted to the sexual acts, and that according to police deputies the victim seemed to be there willingly. Hess allegedly told police that the sexual acts were part of the Wiccan faith."We've been conducting the investigation for about the last two weeks. It came to our attention through another … [Read more...]


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